Hi there lovies – you are right in time for spring in Bavaria.
For once the weather went full out and spoiled us with days of amazing sunshine, 15 degrees and suddenly poppies and bellflowers started to surprise us all around the city – I got inspired and got a bunch of lovely tulips to make me feel even more “spring-y” as soon as I open my eyes.
And very early this year, Easter just suddenly came around the corner and now all I see is blossoms and bunnies – mainly in the form of chocolate in all kinds of colors, forms and sizes. May it be Milka, Lindt, Cadbury’s or KitKat – go for the one you like the most – for me it’s a dark chocolate Lindt bunny I want.
So in the spirits of Easter I am somehow craving rabbit-food – usually in the form of salad, but today I am steering into a different direction.
What I crave? A moist, nutty, flavorful carrot cake.
What I could do? Head down to Starbucks and either bike into what is described as “a magical mix of carrots and fruit, topped with cream-cheese frosting” for 648 calories per serving, including 62.7g of sugar.
What I am going to do? use the flavors I am craving and combine them with my go-2 chia pudding recipe to make a healthy treat.
Why? Because I want the best of both worlds: a delicious snack and the benefits of chia, cinnamon and ginger for my body and mind.
Chia, as one of my favourite superfoods, is the star of the show – but the sweetness of the ground carrots goes well with the added spices and nuts will give me the exact flavor boost I want.
So let’s go.
Carrot Cake Chia Pudding
Did you know that adding cinnamon to your sweet dishes can actually help replace sweetness and in the long run will keep your sugary cravings at bay?
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 2 medium carrots, grated
- 1 teaspoon liquid sweeter (stevia, honey, agave …)
- 1 tablespoon chopped nuts (almonds or haselnuts …)
- cinnamon to your liking
- ground ginger to your liking
- Blend all ingredients, except the chia seeds and make sure the mixture is well mixed.
- Add the chia seeds and stir very well.
- Let the batter sit in your fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the seeds develop their gel-like consistency to form the pudding.
- Enjoy with an extra dash of cinnamon – maybe cacao nibs or some cream cheese, sweetened with stevia if you do dairy.